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Omar Makes False Claims About New Countries Added To Travel Ban List

By  Ryan SaavedraDailyWire.com
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) speaks at the “Impeachment Now!” rally in support of an immediate inquiry towards articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump on the grounds of the U.S. Capital on September 26, 2019in Washington, DC.
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Far-left Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) made false claims about the six new countries that the Trump administration announced on Friday were going to have new travel restrictions imposed upon them, suggesting that the countries were selected due to “anti-Muslim hate” despite the fact the majority of those impacted with the new ban are non-Muslim.

In a statement, the Trump administration said [emphasis added to highlight the newly added countries]:

Today, following the recommendations provided by Members of his Cabinet and his advisors, President Donald J. Trump has issued a proclamation maintaining entry restrictions on certain nationals of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia; suspending the overseas issuance of immigrant visas for certain nationals of Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, and Nigeria; and suspending participation in the “Visa Lottery” for certain nationals of Sudan and Tanzania. The new restrictions will not apply to tourist, business, or other nonimmigrant travel.

Omar, who has a well-documented history of anti-Semitic comments, responded by writing: “This is a monument to anti-Muslim hate. This president does not believe in freedom of religion. He does not believe in the rule of law. And he does not believe in our Constitution. We will fight this with all we have.”

However, a review of the six countries added to the list shows that half of them have more Christians than Muslims and that the majority, 53.33%, of those impacted by the ban are non-Muslim, according to estimates from the Pew Research Center on the religious demographics for each country.

  • Eritrea:
    • Christians: 4,230,000
    • Muslims: 2,460,000
    • Total population: 6,730,000
  • Kyrgyzstan:
    • Christians: 620,000
    • Muslims: 5,540,000
    • Total population: 6,190,000
  • Burma (Myanmar):
    • Christians: 4,040,000
    • Muslims: 2,200,000
    • Buddhists: 41,440,000
    • Total population: 51,910,000
  • Nigeria:
    • Christians: 96,080,000
    • Muslims: 104,650,000
    • Total population: 204,690,000
  • Sudan:
    • Christians: 2,280,000
    • Muslims: 38,430,000
    • Total population: 42,360,000
  • Tanzania:
    • Christians: 38,740,000
    • Muslims: 20,950,000
    • Total population: 61,440,000

This is not the first time that Omar has made false statements about the administration’s travel ban list, as she has falsely claimed on numerous occasions that the original ban is a “Muslim ban,” despite the fact that over 80% of the Muslim-majority nations worldwide are not impacted by the ban.

Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf said, “The top responsibility of the President and the Department of Homeland Security is the safety and security of the American people, and these new vetting criteria accomplish that goal and are raising the bar for global security. It is logical and essential to thoroughly screen and vet everyone seeking to travel or immigrate to the United States. However, there are some countries from whom the U.S. does not receive the necessary information about its travelers and, as a result, pose a national security or public safety risk that warrants tailored travel restrictions.”

Wolf continued, “DHS has refined its robust security standards, including enhanced screening and vetting capabilities, that allow us to better identify terrorists and criminals attempting to enter the United States. These screening and vetting capabilities are most effective when foreign governments contribute to our ability to verify a traveler’s identity and assess whether they pose a national security or public safety risk. For a small number of countries that lack either the will or the capability to adhere to these criteria, certain travel restrictions have become necessary to mitigate potential threats. The new, additional restrictions are not blanket restrictions. These tailored restrictions will make the U.S. safer and more secure. And countries that make the necessary improvements will have their restrictions removed accordingly, as was done in 2018.”

In a statement, DHS outlined why the six countries were added to the list:

Burma: Burma has begun to engage with the United States on a variety of identity-management and information-sharing issues, but it does not comply with the established identity-management and information-sharing criteria assessed by the performance metrics.

Suspension of entry for Immigrants, except as Special Immigrants whose eligibility is based on having provided assistance to the U.S. Government.

Eritrea: Eritrea does not comply with the established identity-management and information-sharing criteria assessed by the performance metrics.

Suspension of entry for Immigrants, except as Special Immigrants whose eligibility is based on having provided assistance to the U.S. Government.

Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan does not comply with the established identity-management and information-sharing criteria assessed by the performance metrics.

Suspension of entry for Immigrants, except as Special Immigrants whose eligibility is based on having provided assistance to the U.S. Government.

Nigeria: Nigeria does not comply with the established identity-management and information-sharing criteria assessed by the performance metrics.

Suspension of entry for Immigrants, except as Special Immigrants whose eligibility is based on having provided assistance to the U.S. Government.

Sudan: Sudan generally does not comply with our identity management performance metrics and presents a high risk, relative to other countries in the world, of terrorist travel to the United States.

Suspension of entry for Diversity Immigrants, as described in section 203(c) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1153(c).

Tanzania: Tanzania does not comply with the established identity-management and information-sharing criteria assessed by the performance metrics.

Suspension of entry for Diversity Immigrants, as described in section 203(c) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1153(c).

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